A prototype of a plasma-powered rocket made by Britain could send a spacecraft at 100,000mph, and it has been tested in the UK. It was a success.
Pulsar Fusion wants to build an engine that’s capable of powering rockets that can travel at 500,000 mph. Pulsar is a private nuclear fusion firm that’s based in Bletchley, in Milton Keynes, the UK. They are known for building a miniature version of the thruster.
The trial is really the door towards many possibilities. It is also a step forward for port-Brexit Britain. Also, the space sector has celebrated the launch of the solar Orbiter spacecraft.
The CEO of Pulsar, Richard Dinan, stated that he sees Nuclear Fusion as a sector which will come with great innovation, and not just power station technology.
The future plasma-powered engine can get us to Mars in only three months
“Propulsion is possibly even a natural first step, overpowering the national grid, on the road towards commercial fusion. At Pulsar, we develop and invest in several promising components and technologies, each with nuclear fusion at their heart,” said Richard Dinan.
The head of operations from Pulsar, Dr. James Lambert, stated that the first tests were designed to find their concept in space design and then explore the idea of the art electric propulsion.
He continued with the fact that it includes electrical and vacuum subsystem validation, and using materials testing suite in order to establish flight parameters and the minimum viable product specs for the new engines.
The traditional rockets have a maximum speed of 40,000mph, which means that a trip to Mars would take six months – only to get there, as Elon Musk also stated. But a plasma-powered engine would also mean that such a journey can be completed in half the time, and they could also improve the feasibility of expeditions in the solar system.